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The Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill, as seen from the town cemetery.

Why Maine should stop ignoring the growing number of men missing from work

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 25, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
It’s no secret that Maine is short on workers. But there’s a reserve of potential workers that few people talk or even know about.
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Alba Albisurez hugs her baby, who was born at 7 months, during the "Kangaroo Mothers" program in the maternity ward of the Roosevelt hospital in Guatemala City October 29, 2012. The 19-day program, known as "Madres Canguro", is a method where mothers are trained to breastfeed and hold their premature babies near their chest as the body-to-body contact reduces infant mortality in preterm infants.

Lawmakers are on the right track to understanding Maine’s growing number of infant deaths

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 24, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
The Maine Legislature can prove its worth and make a couple simple changes to ensure the panel can do its important work.
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Justin Paulin learns how to drive a tractor trailer truck.

Here’s a way for Maine people to escape poverty. It deserves the commitment of state leaders.

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 22, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
The job training system in Maine is not being used to its fullest potential. There are a number of reasons why.
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U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during a signing ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria          TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Trump actions are cause for alarm on Earth Day

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 21, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
On Earth Day most years, we can celebrate the progress that has been made cleaning up our waters and clearing our air. This year is different. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the country’s environmental policies.
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Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan addresses the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference on March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

If the GOP succeeds in changing health care, Maine’s state budget is another loser

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 20, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
If a cap on Medicaid funding became law, Maine’s state budget would be among the losers.
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Low- and moderate-income families can qualify for state-funded vouchers to help them defray the cost of child care, but it has become increasingly difficult in recent years for an eligible family to use this assistance.

Here’s an easy way for Maine to solve its child care problem

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 19, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
It has become more difficult over the past decade for a low-income, working family in Maine to find affordable child care.
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Property tax rates in Maine rose by more than 25 percent between 2005 and 2015.

Democrats’ budget plan offers lawmakers a chance to show voters they’re listening

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 18, 2017, at 7:12 a.m.
If there’s one message to take from November’s vote in favor of Question 2, it’s that voters have had enough in recent years of the state shifting costs to local governments, which have in turn had to raise property taxes. Lawmakers should heed this message.
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Fewer than half of residential drinking water wells in Maine are tested for arsenic. The Legislature is considering several bills to increase testing.

If you have well water, get it tested for arsenic

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 17, 2017, at 3:41 p.m.
Fewer than half of the residential drinking water wells in Maine are tested for the presence of arsenic. This puts the health of many Maine residents at risk.
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"The Minute Man" statue by Daniel Chester French in Concord, Mass., which depicts Isaac Davis, a gunsmith and militia officer who commanded a company of Minutemen from Acton, Mass., during the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Patriots Day and the forgotten Dawes

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 15, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.
William Dawes is largely unknown to most Americans. So, how about three cheers for Dawes on this Patriots Day?
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Asked for the top item on his wish list for fighting Maine's opiate addiction crisis at a recent meeting, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuk said, "Medicaid expansion."

Maine’s addiction task force needs to act fast, emphasize treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 14, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Greater access to medication-assisted treatment is what Maine will need to overcome the current crisis.
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Abdi Ali

Instead of trying to pardon a dog, LePage could actually help a human being

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 13, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
The punishment of being removed from his home and family and sent to a country that is unfamiliar and where he will be in danger does not fit Ali’s misdemeanor crimes.
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Gavin Grimm

Transgender student’s court battle about ‘human rights,’ not bathrooms

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 12, 2017, at 11:18 a.m.
“G.G.’s case is about much more than bathrooms. It’s about a boy asking his school to treat him just like any other boy.”
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Over the last several years, the number of public health nurses in Maine has fallen by more than half. Public health nurses started out in the 1920s visiting pregnant moms and infants as a way of preventing infant deaths.

You don’t improve a well-functioning nursing program by destroying it first

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 11, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.
State public health officials have been trying to construct an alternate reality recently to explain what’s become of Maine’s public health nursing program.
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A pharmacist holds the generic version of Suboxone at Community Pharmacies in Gorham.

Maine’s ‘opioid health homes’ are so intricate there will probably be only a few

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 10, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
The opioid health home details developed by the LePage administration appear to make it more difficult to deliver treatment to those who need it.
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Maine first lady Ann LePage worked as a waitress at McSeagull's in Boothbay Harbor last summer.

LePage proves why relying on tips isn’t sound economic policy

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 08, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
LePage’s behavior highlights the problem of leaving the wages of restaurant servers to the whims of diners, some of whom withhold tips for reasons that have nothing to do with the service.
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Marchers in Portland hold signs and candles in remembrance of those lost to drug addiction.

We don’t need Trump’s commission to study the nation’s addiction crisis

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 07, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
We already know what works. For those in the grips of substance abuse disorder, medication-assisted treatment is the most promising pathway forward.
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Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona speaks at the 2016 Arizona CEO Summit hosted by Greater Phoenix Leadership at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes in Tempe, Arizona.

Conservatives need a non-Trump leader focused on real problems

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 06, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
While conservative politicians have invested substantial political capital into reining in traditional welfare programs, the simplest way to change life’s trajectory for a family in deep poverty is by making sure they have money.
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Rhonda Loignon makes a pot of coffee at her home in Rockland.

Maine needs to invest in employing people with disabilities

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 05, 2017, at 11:52 a.m.
The state is facing a labor shortage, and employing more people with disabilities can fill the need. Increasing vocational rehabilitation funding will help do that.
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Judge Neil Gorsuch goes through his confirmation hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee to see if he will be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice on March 22. Democrats are considering filibustering his nomination.

A Democratic filibuster of Judge Gorsuch is a dead end

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 04, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
If another seat on the court opens up, we find it hard to believe Trump will nominate someone as rational as Gorsuch. Democrats should save their battle for then.
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Nongnud “Nud” Simmons, 52, of Thailand, waves to her family and friends after she was sworn in as an American citizen at the Federal Building in Bangor. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison presided over the naturalization ceremony where twenty-seven people from twenty-one different countries took the Oath of Allegiance.

What immigrants to Maine can teach us about civics

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 03, 2017, at 10:27 a.m.
The celebration after 27 immigrants became U.S. citizens in Bangor was a welcome break from news of political divisiveness and hate, and gave us a chance to remember the principles that make our country go.